Meaning of oligarch in English:


Pronunciation /ˈɒlɪɡɑːk/

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  • 1A ruler in an oligarchy.

    ‘The claim that the oligarchs privatized companies in order to strip their assets gets the logic backwards.’
    • ‘When it came to dealing with the oligarchs, the government was generally unable to exercise much control.’
    • ‘The dictatorship of transnational corporations, ruled by financial oligarchs, must be ended.’
    • ‘Oligarchs come, oligarchs go, but the true fan can never switch allegiance.’
    • ‘Nevertheless, Hayes had a reputation as a civil-service reformer, so he fought the oligarchs.’
    • ‘Now, step by step, the levers of power are returning to the old oligarchs against whom the revolution was supposedly directed.’
    • ‘However, should the city fall into misfortune, the people will blame the rulers and call them oligarchs.’
    • ‘The Regent oligarchs, holding office for life, were like kings by divine right, they too answered to no earthly power.’
    • ‘As we went to press, oligarchs from the old regime and the opposition were claiming to run the country.’
    • ‘Democratic slogans were hypocritically used when they permitted the future oligarchs to proceed with their conquest of property.’
    • ‘The conflict between the Kremlin and a section of the oligarchs is about who will exercise control over this sector.’
    • ‘Hoffman's perspective is clearly critical of the oligarchs, but unlike other books about them, his is not a screed.’
    • ‘Nor is the criminality of Russia's oligarchs an aberration.’
    • ‘Sampson sums up this process of enrichment and the creation of a new stratum of financial oligarchs and their impact on society very succinctly.’
    • ‘Privatization measures have placed former state properties under the control of former state oligarchs.’
    • ‘The Kremlin apologists are trying, for their part, to present this conflict as a fight against the oligarchs and corruption.’
    • ‘That proportion does not necessarily include all the oligarchs, who may in any case not be as important as the corporate bureaucracies they bestride.’
    • ‘Now, a few top oligarchs can not control the system, without their lackeys.’
    • ‘If the power of the oligarchs has increased, how do you propose to deal with that, if and when you become president?’
    • ‘The oligarchs with their trusted lackeys, treated the rest of the population, as human cattle.’
  • 2(especially in Russia) a very rich business leader with a great deal of political influence.

    ‘it seems more than a coincidence that former employees, advisors, and allies of the billionaire oligarch have been parachuted into such positions’
    • ‘We are starting to win back our country from the media, the oligarchs, the corrupt politicians.’
    • ‘The dictatorship of transnational corporations, ruled by financial oligarchs, must be ended.’
    • ‘By making their fortunes on the backs of common Russians, the oligarchs themselves are a pretty unsympathetic lot.’
    • ‘The article praises Vladimir Putin for fighting with oligarchs.’
    • ‘Putin has the opportunity to put an end to a number of Russian oligarchs, or at least to radically diminish their pernicious political role.’
    • ‘He predicts more such actions aimed at oligarchs who control strategic natural resources.’
    • ‘Nor will they benefit by being ruled by oligarchs from the western Ukraine rather than from the eastern Ukraine.’
    • ‘What many Russian oligarchs could only dream about over the last years has now become a reality.’
    • ‘The oligarchs are greatly resented by large numbers of Russians who did not benefit from the privatisation of state property.’
    • ‘It was about who rules Russia, the oligarchs or the Kremlin.’
    • ‘At the heart of the technocratic agenda was trade liberalization, which threatened the protectionist policies that had coddled the native oligarchs.’
    • ‘Flanked by a coterie of burly henchmen, the Russian oligarch promptly takes to one of the pitches intent on some shooting practice.’
    • ‘The oligarchs, those Kremlin-connected magnates who once dazzled the world with their riches, are reeling.’
    • ‘Western officials and banks worked with (and continue to work with) the new Russian oligarchs and their political allies.’
    • ‘Some have lost their status as a result of the August 1998 financial crisis but all of the original seven oligarchs are included here.’
    • ‘Rather, he manoeuvred and tried to reconcile his loyalty towards Putin with his support for the oligarchs.’
    • ‘The wealth of the Russian state was transferred not to the people but to a few oligarchs.’
    • ‘While oligarchs grow rich and a significant number of Russians are impoverished, a multipart economy has developed.’
    • ‘The Kremlin also gave indications that it would take action against other oligarchs.’
    • ‘Until late 1999, moreover, almost none of the oligarchs had done much to restructure or improve the assets they had acquired from the state.’


Early 17th century from Greek oligarkhēs, from oligoi ‘few’ + arkhein ‘to rule’. oligarch (sense 2) dates from the late 1990s.